American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Contracting the tissues or blood vessels; astringent.
- adj. Tending to check bleeding by contracting the tissues or blood vessels; hemostatic.
- n. A styptic drug or substance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Astringent; oonstrictive; binding.
- Having the quality of checking hemorrhage or bleeding; stanching.
- n. An astringent; something causing constriction or constraint.
- n. A substance employed to check a flow of blood by application to the bleeding orifice or surface.
- adj. Bringing about contraction of tissues, especially to stop bleeding
- n. A substance used for styptic results.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Producing contraction; stopping bleeding; having the quality of restraining hemorrhage when applied to the bleeding part; astringent.
- n. (Med.) A styptic medicine.
- n. a drug that causes contraction of body tissues and canals
- adj. tending to check bleeding by contracting the tissues or blood vessels
- From Latin stypticus, from Ancient Greek στυπτικός (stuptikos), from στύφειν (stuphein, "to contract"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English stiptik, from Old French stiptique, from Latin stȳpticus, from Greek stūptikos, from stūphein, to contract. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Makes sense, I suppose, since it's also used in styptic pencils. bullfroghrr”
“Smaller than this Common Burnet is the Salad Burnet, _Poterium sanguisorba, quod sanguineos fluxus sistat_, a useful  styptic, which is also cordial, and promotes perspiration.”
“The Low Latin equivalent of the Arabic _tubb [= a] q_ "styptic," is _bitumen_, whence”
“I had prepped precocious Cindy Hammer for a feature on Camp Pa-He-Tsi in Winnisquam, Michigan, using every tool in my portable makeup kit; styptic pencil, upper armpit blusher, highlighter.”
“I never met a writer who didn't bleed at the slightest unfavorable comment, and no number of favorable or even ecstatic remarks will serve as a styptic pencil.”
“But I wonder whether you could affix a styptic pencil to the contraption, too.”
“They want shaved faces, preferably with little pieces of toilet paper stuck to them or the faint aroma of a styptic pencil.”
“Makes sense, I suppose, since it's also used in styptic pencils.”
“I will get a styptic pencil, or a bandage, or some concrete mortar, and you will be good as new in just a minute.”
“I found him in the lavatory, straight razor in hand, his half-shaven chin dotted in styptic, the water of his bowl a not unpleasant shade of pink.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘styptic’.
"Luciferous Logolepsy is a collection of over 9,000 obscure English words. Though the definition of an 'English' word might seem to be straightforward, it is not. There exist so many adopted, deriv...
These words are from Samuel Richardson's novel Clarissa, Or, The History of a Young Lady, 1747-48
By David Foster Wallace
Words taken from Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.
Words to remember from DFW's "Infinite Jest"
Looking for tweets for styptic.